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Ravens waive DT Daylon Mack, a 2019 draft pick; rookie punter Dom Maggio (Boys’ Latin) also cut

The Ravens have waived Daylon Mack, the team announced Saturday, parting ways with the second-year defensive tackle in a surprise move that raises concerns about the team’s depth up front.

Undrafted rookie punter Dom Maggio (Boys’ Latin) was also waived, ensuring that the Ravens’ roster size will be in accordance with the NFL’s 2020 limit before football activities start Monday in Owings Mills.

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Mack, a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M, played in just one game as a rookie before being placed on the injured reserve (knee) in November. He reported to training camp Monday and was expected to contend for snaps behind starting nose tackle Brandon Williams. Now Justin Ellis, who played in four games last season after signing with the Ravens in November, is the likely backup.

With the departure of Michael Pierce, who signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason before opting out of the 2020 season because of medical concerns, the Ravens will rely heavily on the 31-year-old Williams to plug the middle of opposing lines. Williams missed two games last season with a knee injury, and Ellis dealt with foot and knee injuries over the past two seasons.

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Undrafted rookie Aaron Crawford, a solid run stopper at North Carolina, could contend for a roster spot, though he played at under 300 pounds in college. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta also could address his interior defensive line with a free-agent acquisition.

Mack’s release marks the latest setback for a franchise that has struggled of late to draft and develop impact defensive linemen. Since 2015, the Ravens have drafted eight players at the position: Carl Davis (third round), Bronson Kaufusi (third), Willie Henry (fourth), Chris Wormley (third), Zach Sieler (seventh), Mack, and 2020 selections Justin Madubuike (third) and Broderick Washington (fifth). Only the rookies remain in Baltimore.

Maggio, a Monkton native, earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors last season at Wake Forest, where he averaged 46.8 yards per punt. His release leaves the Ravens with just one kicker and punter on their roster: Justin Tucker and Sam Koch, respectively.

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